Etienne Mbappé & The Prophets
@ the 606 Club
19 November 2015
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Cameroon born Etienne Mbappé has created a great musical
genre of his own, transcending the frontiers between African music
and other styles such as funk, rock, jazz and even classical music.
Best known for his years with the Zawinul Syndicate, he has also
toured extensively in France and abroad with Salif Keita and Manu
Dibango (both as bassist and musical director) and the Orchestre
National de Jazz, Jacques Higelin, Michel Jonasz, and many others.
He also formed the two fusion bands Ultramarine and Chic Hot.
From 2000 until 2003 he played with Joe Zawinul, and he can be
heard on several of his recordings. In 2001 Etienne played on Ray
Charles’ last album. His bass playing can also be heard on
international radio stations on Toumani Diabaté’s recording
with Symmetric Orchestra as well as consistent tours and recordings
with guitarist John McLaughlin.
On his first solo album Misiya (label: O+) he sings in the Cameroonian
language Douala (all the songs are vocal) and his voice is smooth
and deep. This is a unique fusion between traditional Cameroonian
rhythms (Makossa, Bolobo, Sékélé) and modern
Etienne Mbappé continues to perform at sold out venues
worldwide to enthralled audiences of mixed nationalities.